It is best opportunity to visit Europe with this new flight, till today we had only option of American airlines direct flight to visit Paris, now we can use Delta/Air France for Europe as well as Jet airways combination flights going to India.
Delta Airlines was represented by Sales and development Executive Mr. Gil Buitrago.” Delta very excited to give you this news about our joint venture. Now we are offering great options for our customers who would like to get connected with their destinations. Air France/KLM and Jet airways will be joining hands with us to provide great service and experience to connect our customers quickly and conviniently” said Mr. Buitrago.
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Air France-KLM is the leading airline group in international traffic on departure from Europe serving 314 destinations in 116 countries under five brands. Passengers can earn or redeem Delta SkyMiles or Flying Blue Miles on all Air France or KLM flights. Mr Grimal talked about special added features and said,“More features has been added to economy class travellers like more space between armrest and more legroom.A wider HD touch screen.
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She is powerhouse of beauty, elegance, kindness, with strength of iron and heart of gold.
A 7th-degree black belt holder in military martial arts, Seema Rao is India’s only female commando trainer. A prominent expert in close quarter battle (CQB), Seema has been giving commando training to various armed forces in India for 20 years (trained 20,000 soldiers so far), without taking any monetary compensation in return.
There are just 10 ladies on the planet who are ensured in a military artistic expression Jeet Kune Do which was established by Bruce Lee in the 60’s and Seema Rao is one of them.
She is only external combat training resource appointed by Indian govt. till date. She has provided training to almost every elite unit of Indian forces: national police academy, army officers training academy, policy quick response teams of almost every major city in India.
Seema is also a combat shooting instructor, a firefighter, a scuba diver, an HMI medalist in rock climbing, and a Mrs. India World pageant finalist.
She has done MBA in crisis management and has bagged “World peace award, Malaysia”, “US Precedence volunteer service award”.
How did your Journey begin?
I have earning to be powerful as I was bullied as a kid. So I learn Tai kwan do, got black belt. Learnt Boxing and wrestling. Craving to change what I basically was. Situation where I could control instead of someone controlling me.
You did MBA in crisis management. You could have gotten into corporate job, but instead you chose this field that too completely voluntarily. How did that happen?
My father was a freedom fighter. As a kid he would tell bed time stories (e.g. “He swam across theMandavi river”). We 3 sisters would listen the stories of freedom struggle. After some time they would goto sleep and I was the only one listening with amazement. That’s when I thought I could do something for my country. Despite educational career I has urge to contribute to country.
How did you excel in all things in which boys dominate?
Scuba diving, mountaineering, my urge to face new challenges did not stop hence I keep going. A lot of times I could not control the situation. Fire burning in mind keeps you going. I got to know Bruce Lee. I was truly impressed by him and read his books and decided to pursue that art. I was his personal student. I am one of the senior lady instructors in the world.
You were a lead in movie Hathapi as a protagonist. Please let
It is first MMA movie made in India, which is based on Mahabharata highlighting women empowerment. It’s about Drupadi who is humiliated, how she restores her dignity. I teach her the art to restore her dignity. It is movie made by 10 ppl depicting mixed martial arts. It very nice action movie with mashup of emotions entangles in situational tangles. We were looking for female singers for certain fight songs. We since we weren’t getting anybody, I just ended up singing it.
You have trained Elite Commandoes of Indian forces (National police academy etc.) How was your experience going at all places and training new people who were most boys.
There was always respect and I always enjoyed. This is physical field. If you can do something, you lead by personal example. Once I prove it, rest follows. Male ego could be subtle, but I was never bothered by it and just focused straight at my work.
You went fast ahead but we know you had your challenges vertebral fracture, memory loss. How did you cope up with physical side effects of this field?
I lost my memory after a fall. I could remember my husband at least. After that I had vertebral injury. It made me re think do I have to go through these life threatening injures but my inner answer was “I couldn’t do anything else but this” I got wisdom with time to teach safely. Person who gets afraid and stops had reached end of road. Fear needs to be instead channeled well to benefit from its raw strength and grow in the right direction.
You have sacrificed in the process. You could not be with you family during your father’s funeral. Also you adopted a girl instead of having your own child.
I personally felt it’s not important to have your own child. When we were thinking, we were facing many challenges. My husband deserves all the credit in all that decision making process. Work was so satisfying and selfless that I was addicted to it. Then we adopted a girl whom we love to the core. She has learnt martial arts as well.
I was on training assignment during my father’s death. I met family later. Do I regret not going back, but I know for sure even my father would have said “Go work for the country and do your duty”.
I also questions “Was I a good daughter? ”. My heart gives answer “Yes” since I spent good quality time when I was in his company. Those memories shall keep us connected for ever.
What motivated you to work without any compensation?
Money is important, but then it’s not the most important one. I think I do this because I want to do this. Weather I get anything back or not wasn’t my concern. I loved it so much, I couldn’t have done anything else.
You teach a technique called DARE. Defense against Rape and Eve Teasing. Would you like to talk about that?
This is workshop where I teach girls to deal with different situations. Equips women to intercept any kind
of trouble. It teaches you to stop it right in the beginning.
What are your future plans?
I wrote a book called “King Sperm” on my life. Some books are also in Interpol library. As of now I want to distribute my movie and book. Rest I shall leave on fate.
Times of weakness are over and women has to come out and be strong. Times goes so fast. In a blink 10 years are gone. So I realize you wake up and live your dreams and do it now. Explore your hidden talent and go grab it. Don’t wait for things, make things happen. We live only once.
Practice Cautious Boldness: Being bold but with caution. It is about running at a pace where you know it is
happening, looking around carefully what your next step is and still taking it carefully. WORLD IS WAITING FOR YOU.
Marne se nahin vo darte jo jete hain Jeevan dene ke liye, Kya rokega tufaan unhen jo ladte hain, aadhiyoonn ko daaman dene ke liye, Bohot tanha hoti hai nafrat bheetar se, Kuch chirag dete hain mohabbat har kone ko, Jo bhar de mohbaat dararon main, fir daraarein darti hain unhen khone ko.
Aisi hi ek shakhsiyat hain Adhik Kadam, His name says it all, one extra step that most might not take but he does it with utter fearlessness and pure love. And strength of his love creates a shield around him which apparently no terrorist can break. Perhaps because everyone there wants to secretly fill in the emptiness of their hearts with the love which he brings and thrives for. Perhaps because everyone has a humane-kind-immortal heart inside their human-mortal body.
Adhik Kadam, Pol Science Master Student came to Jammu and Kashmir for a research project. In 1997, founders Bharti Mamani and Adhik Kadam, surveyed most of the 369 villages in the district of Kupwara. They found that there were close to fifteen thousand orphans in the district alone, most of whom were girl children. There were shelters for orphan boys, but there were none for girls. Adhik got so involved and deeply impacted by the plight of the people and especially orphan girl children who had no clue of their surroundings. Made motto of his life to work for little souls in need Hence came in origin his foundation - Borderless World foundation. He was defamed multiple times as infidel and un-Islamic but his only response was hard work and obstinate simplicity which won the trust of locals and even enemies. Now terrorists and soldiers in the area know that their kids have Adhik in case something happens to them. And that’s how a hero was born out of sheer strength of will power and kind giving heart.
Borderless World Foundation was registered in Pune Maharashtra in March 2002. It’s aim is to provide “Humane Touch” to border areas of India and beyond.
They realized that border areas function as “Shock Absorbers” of the country and that the life of people in these areas is far from normal. Loss of lives, violence, fear and chaos are the order of the day. Socio- economic stagnancy, corruption and civil administrative breakdown affect all walks of life. His NGO runs four orphanage homes for girls in four districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Adhik’s social work today covers the healthcare, education, empowerment of women, women hygiene, art and culture, and poverty alienation at the grassroots levels.
An estimated 400,000 Kashmiri Pandits – about 95 per cent of the original population in the valley, became ‘internal refugees’ when they left their homes as a result of disturbances in valley. About 200,000 Pandits still live in abysmal conditions in Jammu with families of five to six people, huddled into a small room – 10×12 sq feet in size. Children are growing up in an environment which tends to teach them A for AK47, B for Blast, C for Crackdown. At its shelter homes, BWF (Borderless World Foundation) aims to provide the children a normal and healthy environment and a real chance for overall development and a positive future. The major areas of focus are rehabilitation & education of the girl child, with particular emphasis on their overall development.
Khush: Why did you choose Kashmir and not any other place to do social work ?
Adhik Kadam: Life is unpredictable. We are not aware of what is coming to us. This is not social work, this is spiritual journey. When work becomes sadhna you are just a devotee and put all your devotion. It’s no more work. I was a Pol science student and have studied Indian Constitution which mentions lots of things about J and K). We used to have lots of discussions with Kashmiri pundit students. In 1 yr. of graduation a research study tour to J&K for 15-20 days become endless for me and I ended up staying there for 3. 3.5 months and now since 22 yrs I am here only. I have worked at forefront during Kargil war with migrants. I saw women and children being soft targets living in dangerously hostile environment. Kids of age 15-20 are ready to kill and be killed. But his is NOT the purpose of life. Yes we will die one day but blasting our bodies is no death. There is no experience of death here at all. This was not the way of life at all. I could not turn a blind eye to all that I saw. Someone had to make those kids experience childhood, experience life.
Khush: How did you develop trust of locals? Were you not scared?
Adhik Kadam: Wood cutter is cutting tree and standing in front of tree, what will tree do? Tree will do nothing. Similarly – I do nothing. If militants come and take me hurt me. I don’t have to do anything. They have to do everything. They figured I am not harmful to anyone and they leave me. Person who is holding axe has to decide if he has to cut tree or not. I am ready for anything. Trees are continuously giving. This is what we have to learn from nature. Nature is best guru. We have to learn this from nature. Himalaya is spiritual land. Spending time for children and settling them gives me purpose and that’s all I do. Silence is not peace. We have to work for it. One day humans will have that peace at their disposal. That needs lot of understanding and churning within. I never earned a single rupee, but was fed by locals in Muslim majority area. Abducted multiple times by terrorists but still protected as ever. Yes I was scared earlier but beyond fearlessness now.
Khush: What do you have to say about government authorities there and what kind of help would you expect for your NGO from gov / non – gov organizations and civilians of the area?
Adhik Kadam : – National issue of 3 nations – India, Pakistan China. United Nations is also continuously watching what is happening here. It is having its own stand in national / international level. 1cr 40 lakh people are staying in J&K State. It’s our responsibility to serve them. After all administration of that region is under government of India. Yes they are fighting with Indian government and establishment. I do not want to get into political discussion. As an establishment of J and K, they are not working properly for the locals. Almost every area needs improvement.
E.g. In Maharashtra – has emergency ICU service 108 to get ambulance. This type of system is absolutely missing in this state. J&K has only 2 ambulances – 1 for CM of J&K and one is government convoy. Nothing for people. If central govt. is sending money then where is it? Why is it not used for people? All medical facilities are like sea. May be there are lots of loop holes. This is responsibility for govt. to give people get right kind of services. Because this not done right people like me have to be here or else I have no role here.
Khush: You being a Hindu how do you feel? Not that it really matters being a person you really are.
Adhik Kadam: When there is mob mentality carrying some grudges, it can turn into anything. Kashmiri and its were thrown out of the valley. Conflict between Kashmiri Muslims and Kashmiri Pundits exists now but earlier they lived like a family. Few people bring politics and created this fight or else they were together since years. Now they are 60 +. Few years they will be nowhere in or outside Kashmir. People who live here are Muslims and their children are Muslims. Kids of Kashmiri Pundits growing up outside Kashmir don’t have any emotional bond with Kashmir. They just know they were thrown out. So people who are connected with heart are not there. Hence its matter of concern. I am working with both communities. Initially they asked me to get out. They did not trust a non-Muslim. Still many helped me. Last 22 yrs. I never purchased food. This 100% Muslim community gave me food. Same in Jammu I am working for Hindu community. Developing that trust I had to go through all the fire (Fatwas, religious fatwas, etc. don’t give food / space to sleep because he is non-Muslim). But now they know my work has nothing to do with religion. I am here to help them irrespective. Now they have seen me work every single day. Now bond is based on trust and hence love is automatically flourishing. That’s why I can work for kids and girls. I am a Hindu staying with Muslim girls taking care of them. This is something very different. For Kashmiris I am Indian. Now I feel like I am on spiritual journey.
Khush : Would you like to share one bad and one good experience:
Adhik Kadam: In 1997 we worked with lot of NON Profit organizations. 4-5 districts. It was intensive research program. Me and my sister we were here. We did survey for UNICF funded research. We were in Kargil war for 6 months working. 26,000 families were migrated. School s were setup in camps for 5-6 months. All voluntarily. Same thing done for UNICEF. Met anti- Hindu leaders 20-30 times a day. We understood that we are in the areas where these things are bound to happen. One day we worked till 6:45 pm and we decided to come back to town. It was kind of getting dark. Some people came close and we realized they were holding AK 47. We were scared. Bharati was with me on bike. I told today is our last day. I was numb. They understood I am not stopping. 4 in front and 4 in back held my bike. Vehicle stopped without break even when accelerator was completely on. One Militant hit AK -47 in my knee. I was in complete shock. Bharati was afraid. “Bhai sahib we are from Bombay and we are here only for children.” Someone came and started talking in English. He asked everyone to get calm. He asked where from Bombay. She said we are actually from Pune but mentioned Bombay thinking you would not know about Pune. Militant got livid and asked why did you lie? He then asked about few places in Pune. Then we came to know that he had been to Pune by train in 1997 to take admission in MBBS. He got information that his brother got killed in cross firing that’s why he came back to Kupfara. Then he went for training and became militant. “I understand why you are here”, said the militant “We know what you are doing we are just doing this to protect ourselves. No Muslim will hurt you here ever. App Khuda ka kaam kar rahe ho.” Then they then helped me start the bike and let us go!! “This was my 1st encounter with 13 militants. After that moment my fear crossed fearlessness. And later even fearlessness wasn’t there.
Khush: So you are still a Hindu though?
Ahik Kadam: I am still not with any religion. I am Hindu. Working for all non-Hindu girls. I am not converted. Now you can’t say I am one or other. In Himalaya I am connected to Buddhism, Islam, Hindus, and Christians. I am well connected with them who are coming and meditating there. One of the masters told me – When a drop of water coming from cloud reached earth, it’s basically ultimate journey is ocean. Since we are going to ocean why not give some water to others on the way. This is what we all have to do. I am going towards my God/ my ocean and I am giving / doing whatever I can. This water is for all for humans / animas/ nature (no Hindu or Muslim here). Mother Nature come in you and you keep giving on spiritual path. Religion is just a tool to understand one part of life. I’m so lucky I am working in this area.
Now we are building homes or all kids. We have to go beyond our own borders. If I think Hindu/ Muslim we can’t do anything. We experience marriage function and death at LOC. Pakistani village and Indian village both celebrate happy and painful moments together till now. So I figured there is no border actually. In Poona I thought different, but here people are connected with land/ language/ functions. I don’t feel there is any Pakistan or India. Hearts of people are completely borderless. Though there is a border still they celebrate everything without crossing borders and across River “Kishanganga ” in (also called “Neelam in Pakistan”).
Khush: Future personal plans and future plans for NGO?
Adhik Kadam: I have no personal plans. We are building permanent homes in Jammu and Kashmir. Even if I am not alive the structure shall be there for next 50 or more years to benefit future generations. We also run ambulances for critical care service. Currently 9 ambulances are working. We are looking for more such ambulances for community and so we can save more people. We need all kinds of financial support. Lots of times volunteer support is needed as well. If nothing prayers are needed. They have been instrumental in protecting us all in all dire situations.